U.S. military aims to tip the balance of power with Navy’s EM super railgun

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May 2016DEFENSEA warning siren bellowed through the concrete bunker of a top-secret Naval facility where U.S. military engineers prepared to demonstrate a weapon for which there is little defense. Officials huddled at a video screen for a first look at a deadly new supergun that can fire a 25-pound projectile through seven steel plates and leave a 5-inch hole.
The weapon is called a railgun and requires neither gunpowder nor explosive. It is powered by electromagnetic rails that accelerate a hardened projectile to staggering velocity—a battlefield meteorite with the power to one day transform military strategy, say supporters, and keep the U.S. ahead of advancing Russian and Chinese weaponry. In conventional guns, a bullet loses velocity from the moment the gunpowder ignites and sends it flying. The railgun projectile instead gains speed as it travels the length of a 32-foot barrel, exiting the muzzle at 4,500 miles an hour, or more than a mile a second.
“This is going to change the way we fight,” said U.S. Navy Adm. Mat Winter, the head of the Office of Naval Research. The Navy developed the railgun as a potent offensive weapon to blow holes in enemy ships, destroy tanks and level terrorist camps. The weapon system has the attention of top Pentagon officials also interested in its potential to knock enemy missiles out of the sky more inexpensively and in greater numbers than current missile-defense systems—perhaps within a decade.

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Inspiration from Nazi super-weapons: And so it was in June of 1942 and at the Eastern Front siege of Sevastopol that Gustav was called in, and first used in combat. Transported to the Crimea on a heavily customized 1.5 kilometer long 25 car train, Gustav was painstakingly positioned, assembled, and secured by some 3800 personnel. And when the world’s largest ever gun was finally unleashed, it proved to be utterly devastating.
Over a short 4 week period commencing on the 5th of June 1942, Gustav operated with clinical and overwhelming force — with a single 7-tonne concrete piercing shell reportedly penetrating more than 100-feet of earth before obliterating a crucial Soviet underground ammunition’s store. The Heavy Gustav Railway Gun or Nazi super rail gun was a 800 mm, 106 foot long rail gun, and weighed 1,350 tons.  It could fire a 7 ton shell up to a range of nearly 30 miles.

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US Railgun continued: The Navy developed the railgun as a potent offensive weapon to blow holes in enemy ships, destroy tanks and level terrorist camps. The weapon system has the attention of top Pentagon officials also interested in its potential to knock enemy missiles out of the sky more inexpensively and in greater numbers than current missile-defense systems—perhaps within a decade. The future challenge for the U.S. military, in broad terms, is maintaining a global reach with declining numbers of Navy ships and land forces. Growing expenses and fixed budgets make it more difficult to maintain large forces in the right places to deter aggression.
“I can’t conceive of a future where we would replicate Cold War forces in Europe,” said Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, one of the weapon’s chief boosters. “But I could conceive of a set of railguns that would be inexpensive but would have enormous deterrent value. They would have value against airplanes, missiles, tanks, almost anything.” Inside the test bunker at Dahlgren, military officials turned to the video monitor showing the rectangular railgun barrel. Engineer Tom Boucher, program manager for the railgun in the Office of Naval Research, explained: “We are watching the system charge. We are taking power from the grid.”
Wires splay out the back of the railgun, which requires a power plant that generates 25 megawatts—enough electricity to power 18,750 homes. The siren blared again, and the weapon fired. The video replay was slowed so officials could see aluminum shavings ignite in a fireball and the projectile emerge from its protective shell. “This,” Mr. Boucher said, “is a thing of beauty going off.” The railgun faces many technical barriers before it is battle ready. Policy makers also must weigh geopolitical questions. China and Russia see the railgun and other advances in U.S. missile defense as upending the world’s balance of power because it negates their own missile arsenals.

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The railgun’s prospective military advantage has made the developing technology a priority of hackers in China and Russia, officials said. Chinese hackers in particular have tried to penetrate the computer systems of the Pentagon and its defense contractors to probe railgun secrets, U.S. defense officials said. Pentagon officials declined to discuss the matter further. The Navy began working on the railgun a decade ago and has spent more than half a billion dollars. The Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities office is investing another $800 million—the largest share for any project—to develop the weapon’s defensive ability, as well as to adapt existing guns to fire the railgun’s high-tech projectiles.
The Navy’s current 6-inch guns have a range of 15 miles. The 16-inch guns of mothballed World War II-era battleships could fire a distance of 24 miles and penetrate 30 feet of concrete. In contrast, the railgun has a range of 125 miles, officials said, and five times the impact. “Anytime you have a projectile screaming in at extremely high speeds—kilometers per second—the sheer kinetic energy of that projectile is awesome,” Mr. Work said. “There are not a lot of things that can stop it.”
The Navy’s current 6-inch guns have a range of 15 miles. The 16-inch guns of mothballed World War II-era battleships could fire a distance of 24 miles and penetrate 30 feet of concrete. In contrast, the railgun has a range of 125 miles, officials said, and five times the impact. “Anytime you have a projectile screaming in at extremely high speeds—kilometers per second—the sheer kinetic energy of that projectile is awesome,” Mr. Work said. “There are not a lot of things that can stop it.” –WSJ

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5 Responses to U.S. military aims to tip the balance of power with Navy’s EM super railgun

  1. Herewith the free access Silver Squelchers #30, a 22,219 word report on neocons and warmongers who are members of the “Pilgrims Society,” sponsored by the Crown of England http://sgtreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Silver-Squelchers-Thirty.pdf
    A prime example was Thomas L. Phillips, earlier the chief of Raytheon and before him, Charles F. Adams—descended from the two Presidents Adams, the second of which was a British collaborator via the second United States Bank.

  2. niebo says:

    “There are not a lot of things that can stop it.”

    True. But, at 4,500 mph, can the projectile outrun/intercept/catch the 7,000 mph missile from China?

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/china-successfully-tests-7000-mph-df-2f-hypersonic-missile-says-pentagon-source-1557121

    Doubt it.

  3. Dennis E. says:

    I wonder what is the rate of fire of this gun?
    Nice!
    Can I get one on-line?

    • niebo says:

      Hey Dennis E! Yes! YOU can buy ONE ONLINE!! The build-your-own-electric-mortar kits are available at ACME Military Hardware Wholesale and Pop-tart Mart, and they can set you up for hours and hours of chaos and mayhem! And breakfast! All for 47.94436 bajillion dollars. Oh, and the powerplant you need to run it is NOT included, so there’s that, too AND since they are in Canada . . . AND since its design is a “state secret” I’m pretty sure the purchase is a violation of the espionage act, but just imagine all the fun you’ll have before the SWAT team gets there!!!.

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